Mass Observation: Researches into the Everyday
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2250
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Research Methods
What is the experience of everyday life for people living in our city today? How can an investigation of the quotidian (the weather, breakfast foods, behavior on sidewalks, dirty jokes) lead to a new understanding of contemporary issues such as ethics, representation, and historical value? This class will revisit the investigative strategies of the 1937 British Mass Observation movement that aimed to create a composite portrait of life through a cross-section of collected interdisciplinary observations. We will work as an interdisciplinary group of observers, collecting findings through diverse techniques of observational research (including those of social science, art and literature) culminating in a variable-format archive of researches into the everyday.
Students must register for both the lecture and discussion section of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.